Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Female Undergraduate Students in Wuhan, China: The Only-Child versus Students with Siblings

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Li, Shiyue ; Chen, Rucheng ; Cao, Yue ; Li, Jingjing ; Zuo, Dan ; Yan, Hong (2013)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 8, issue 9 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3762716, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073797
  • Subject: Social and Behavioral Sciences | Research Article | Mathematics | Mental Health | Sexual and Gender Issues | Behavioral and Social Aspects of Health | Infectious Diseases | Sociology | Human Families | Health Care Policy | Psychiatry | Rape and Sexual Assault | Epidemiology | Human Relations | Psychology | Survey Methods | Survey Research | Behavior | Public Health | Non-Clinical Medicine | Biostatistics | Social Epidemiology | Sexual Dysfunction | Clinical Research Design | Medicine | Contraception | Health Education and Awareness | Q | Sexually Transmitted Diseases | R | Science | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Women's Health | Statistical Methods | Statistics
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OBJECTIVES: This study explored sexual knowledge, attitudes and practices of female only-child undergraduates and made a comparison with students with siblings. METHODS: Anonymously completed questionnaires were received from 4,769 female undergraduates, recruited using randomized cluster sampling by type of university and students' major and grade. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the effects of only-child on sexual knowledge, attitudes and practices among female undergraduates. RESULTS: Of 4,769 female undergraduate students, 41.0% were only-child and 59.0% were students with siblings. Compared with students with siblings, only-child students scored higher on sex-related knowledge, were more inclined to agree with premarital sex, multiple sex partners, one-night stands, extramarital lovers and homosexuality, and were more likely to have a boyfriend and experience sexual intercourse (73.6% vs. 61.4%; 24.0% vs. 14.0%). Only-children were less likely to experience coercion at first sex and have first sexual intercourse with men not their "boyfriends" than children with siblings (3.3% vs. 6.4%; 20.7% vs. 28.8%). There were no significant differences on other risky sexual behaviors (e.g. multiple sex partners and inconsistent condom use) between the only-child students and students with siblings. CONCLUSIONS: Sexual knowledge, attitudes and some practices of only-child female undergraduates were different from students with siblings. Intervention should be designed according to different requirements of only-children and non-only-children.
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